Marseille denied by late Alessandrini goal

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Updated: January 26, 2013

Marseille fell three points back of Ligue 1
leaders Lyon on Saturday after Romain Alessandrini’s 88th-minute goal forced
the club to settle for a 2-2 draw at Rennes.

Marseille’s Andre Ayew netted the lone goal in the first half when he combined
with Mathieu Valbuena inside the penalty area before slotting his shot past
goalkeeper Benoit Costil.

The home side equalized after the break from a corner kick as Alessandrini
played the ball into the six-yard box, where Kevin Catherine got up to head it
home.

Marseille looked poised to claim all three points in the 82nd minute when
Morgan Amalfitano’s cross was volleyed past Costil by Jordan Ayew at the far
post, but Alessandrini had other ideas.

Abdoulaye Sane delivered a cross toward the front of the net that Marseille
goalkeeper Steve Mandanda got his hands to. However, he could only parry it
into the path of Alessandrini, who was left with a simple tap in to rescue a
point.

The bottom two teams in Ligue 1 both collected rare wins on Saturday as Nancy
and Troyes both came away with 2-1 victories.

Nancy earned its second win of the campaign as Sebastien Puygrenier scored the
winner in the 71st minute against Lorient, while Troyes got goals from Fabien
Camus and Stephane Darbion before giving a goal back to Brest’s Eden Ben
Basat.

Evian remains one point above the relegation places after a 1-1 draw with
Ajaccio that saw Daniel Wass cancel out a first-half goal from Ajaccio’s
Dennis Oliech.

Montpellier climbed into seventh place after a 2-0 victory over Sochaux
courtesy of first-half goals from Emanuel Herrera and John Utaka, while Reims
earned a point at home against Toulouse as Grzegorz Krychowiak scored the
equalizing goal in the 74th minute of a 1-1 draw for the hosts.